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Happy MoFo … and A Recipe For Cold Pasta Puttanesca Salad (Vegan)

Vegan MOFO 2014Happy MoFo, Everyone!

Yes, I know … like usual, I’m a day late and a dollar short. I swear I’ll be late to my own funeral … Which is not such a bad plan.  I’m thinking about writing that into my will … haul my ashes in an hour late, and whoever’s sad or stupid enough to still sitting there gets my entire Charles Dickens and Calvin & Hobbes collection.

But, in my defense, I spent Labor Day laboring.

Some bloggers have really cool fall themes for Mofo … but, September in the American South is a very weird month.

Yes, I see the first acorn and butternut squashes in the supermarket … but, our gardens are still producing bumper crops of yellow summer squash and zucchini.

I feel a pull towards warm pasta dishes, soups, and stews … but, it’s 90+ degrees outside! A hot plate of pasta puttanesca is ideal in … I dunno, March or October … but considerably less dreamy when my clothes are dripping with sweat and my hair is swelling into a 3-foot white girl afro (not my best look, BTW) and I’m trying to figure out the logistics of how much air conditioning I can afford to use while still eating at least once per day?

Enter my cold pasta puttanesca salad creation!

It’s got everything I love about pasta puttanesca … kalamata olives, green olives, capers, tomatoes, red wine (vinegar) … all in a very light Italian dressing.

Cold Pasta Puttanesca Salad

Cold Vegan Pasta Puttanesca Salad Ingredients:

2 cups Rotini Pasta, uncooked (I like to use multicolored pasta)

1/2 cup Kalamata Olives, sliced in half

1/2 cup Pimento-Stuffed Green Salad Olives, sliced in rings

1 Tablespoon Capers

At least 14 Cherry Tomatoes, halved (you can use more if you want; I do)

1/4 Cup Vidalia Onion or Red Onion, diced

1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley, chopped

 Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste

 Cold Vegan Pasta Puttanesca Dressing Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar  (or Apple Cider Vinegar)

1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon dried Basil

1/4 Teaspoon dried Oregano

1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder OR 1 Clove Garlic, crushed

Cold Vegan Pasta Puttanesca Salad Directions:

Heat a pot of salted water (just shake your salt shaker about 3 times).  Once it boils, add the uncooked pasta and cook until al dente (firm to the tooth) – about 8 minutes.

Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water.

Dump the pasta into a mixing bowl.

Add kalamata olives, green olives, capers, cherry tomatoes, onion, and parsley.  Mix gently.

In a small bottle, combine all ingredients for the salad dressing.  Shake.  Pour over pasta salad and mix gently.

Place in refrigerator to let the flavors mingle and marry … ideally overnight, but for a few hours, at least.  TRUST ME ON THIS.

Taste … Add a couple of enthusiastic grindings of black pepper.  Add salt, if needed (depending on the olives you use, this could be quite salty already or could need more salt).

Add a few more leaves of parsley for presentation … EAT, and ENJOY!


The dressing for this salad is very light … one reason this is good hot weather, because oils can be very warming. If you are used to a “heavier” dressing on your pasta salad, feel free to double the dressing recipe.

Cold Pasta Puttanesca Close Up

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6 Responses »

  1. Perfect for our endlessly warm (hot) weather here in the Southwest too!

  2. Really good eye appeal. I bet it is tasty too! Love you Daddy.

  3. No kidding! And it’s hotter now than it was in a lot of August. NC has had a weirdo summer. This looks yummy. I’m xgfx, so I think it would be really good with the quinoa garden pagodas.

  4. Looks good. I have a similar recipe that I’ve been doing since the 1980s. Mine came from a friend of mine who was doing Weight Watchers at the time.


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